Buddleja alternifolia

Buddleja alternifolia

Butterfly bush

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Buddleja alternifolia
  • Common name: Butterfly bush
  • Plant type: Shrub
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 4m

Spread: 4m

Flower colour:
  • Purple
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Flowers

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Buddleja alternifolia, found wild in Chinese hedgerows, is different to the more familiar Buddleja davidii. Its branches are more slender, arching or weeping almost to the ground, with leaves appearing in early summer. Dense clusters of soft lilac-purple or pink fragrant flowers stud the full length of the previous year's stems. As with Buddleja davidii, its flowers are a magnet for butterflies and other pollinators. It can be trained against a wall or grown as a delightful weeping standard. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Grow Buddleja alternifolia in fertile, well drained soil in full sun. Its stems can become tangled unless trained – prune and organise these after flowering.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Partial shade
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle, Back
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers, Provides shelter/habitat, Seeds for birds, Caterpillar food plant

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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